Jimmy James (3:14)

Cover of Check Your Head

From Check Your Head and 9 other releases

“Jimi James” is the first song from Beastie Boys’ third (full-length) album, Check Your Head. It was recorded and mixed at G-Son Studios, Atwater Village, CA, with Mario C co-producing with Beastie Boys and enginering. After mastering by Tom Baker at Future Disc, “Jimi James” was issued as the LP’s third single on 8.28.1992, four months following the album release on 4.21.1992.

Adam “MCA” Yauch described “Jimmy James” as a tribute to Jimi Hendrix. Originally, it began as an instrumental groove with scratching done by Yauch (appears on the “Jimmy James” EP as the “Original Original Version”). Later during the making of CYH, lyrics were written and the other two Beastie Boys, Michael “Mike D” Diamond and Adam “King Ad-Rock” Horovitz, joined Yauch on vocals.

Samples include:

Surrender“ by Cheap Trick, from the album, Cheap Trick at Budokhan (1978)
Happy Birthday“ by Jimi Hendrix, from the album, My Best Friend (1979)
Foxy Lady
I’m Chief Kamanawanalea (We’re the Royal Macadamia Nuts)” by The Turtles, from the album, The Turtles Present the Battle of the Bands (1968)


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